A different kind of football

TV Hagenah When they look at me, a lot of people have problems believing I played football both in high school and college. It’s true. I did. Not well, I grant you, but I did play. In high school, I played on perhaps the worst football team in the history of Colorado high school football, […]

Youth sports registration starts

Registration hs begun for both Quay County Junior League Football and Tucumcari Youth Volleyball. Registration will run through Tuesday Aug. 31, at the Tucumcari Recreation Center which is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Football is for youth in the fourth fifth and sixth grades. Volleyball is for youths in the third, fourth, fifth and […]

Rattler football schedule released

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School football team’s season begins Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. with a scrimmage against St. Michael High School of Santa Fe at Rattler Stadium. St. Michael is the defending Class AAA champion. The first regular season game will be at home against the Mora Rangers Aug. 27. The Rattler Homecoming […]

Football team takes on ropes course

TV Hagenah Six Tucumcari High School football players from the class of 2005 and two coaches traveled to Las Vegas Thursday to learn a bit more about teamwork and themselves, and according to everyone involved, it worked. The six, John Sewell, Nick Weigel, Chris McCasland, Justin Garcia, Nemi Salvador and Steven Taylor along with coaches […]

Middle school football begins

All middle school football players will meet Thursday, Aug. 12 in the middle school gym at 5:30 p.m. Practice starts Monday, Aug. 16 at 3:30 p.m. All physicals must be taken before players will be allowed to practice. For more information call Coach Encinias at 461-2294 or 487-7613 or Coach Dunlap at 461-9898.

Locals study Oklahoma football

William Thompson Tucumcari Middle School football coaches, Eddie Encinias and Brian Dunlap, took 21 middle school football payers to a football camp in Goodwell, Okla. last month. The seventh and eighth graders learned fundamentals from highly regarded coaches and players from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Coach Dunlap said the university’s head coach once served as […]

Five seniors named to all-state all senior squad

TV Hagenah The Tucumcari Rattler Football Team landed five players on the “North squad” of New Mexico’s All-Senior All-Star Football Team. Named to the all-senior squad on offense were guard A.J. Molinas, tackle Joe Sisneros, and Running back Rob McLelland. Named to the defensive squad were defensive-end Abel Vargas and defensive back Andy Lan. The […]

Rivalry deep, long lasting

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By Ryan Lengerich Every team has one. Every sports fan circles the day on their calendar and every athlete has been kept awake at night with the visions of glory. It’s the team fans and players love to hate — their rival. In Tucumcari there is no bigger rival than Santa Rosa. “It has always […]

Local officer pursues his lifelong ambition to play professional football

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By Ryan Lengerich He takes college classes in the morning and lifts weights around noon. He protects Tucumcari streets and coaches football before dinner. As the sun subsides he resumes his never ending role as a father. But Nov. 1, Milton Brown will continue to chase his dream to become a professional football player. The […]

True purple pride

By Ryan Lengerich While the defending state champions were still tossing on shoulder pads and pacing past lockers, high in the home side bleachers four women waited impatiently. Tucumcari football was minutes from a new beginning. In the top row, left of the press box 20 minutes prior to the teams annual Purple and Gold […]